This scheme enabled a doctoral student or early career academic researcher to do a short-term work placement with a company from within London’s Creative Economy. Below are examples of placements that Creativeworks London has funded. More information about the scheme can be found here.

PHD-In-Residence Scheme

fanSHEN and Rebecca Enderby from King’s College London

SME Partner

Rachel Briscoe, fanSHEN

PhD Student

Rebecca Enderby, King’s College London


Professor Mark Pelling, King’s College London

Project Name


Project Description 

fanSHEN’s Research in Residence project concerned the promotion of environmentally sustainable lifestyles, demonstrated by a theatre production that provided all its energy. Building upon work technology created for their GreenandPleasantLand show, which featured pedal powered sound, fanSHEN customised four gym machine to generate power for their new play Cheese. The machines we customised with the help of pedal power specialists Magnificent Revolution and electronics experts Re-Innovation.

Over three weeks the four gym machines were installed in the Golden Lanes Sport & Fitness gym, the Whitechapel Sports Centre, the Artizan Community Centre and at the City Life Family Festival in Leadenhall Market. A total of 452 people used the machines generating 2.5 kilowatts of energy which was stored on large batteries. Individuals using the machines would have their exercise measured in terms of household energy usage and received cash-back vouchers that could be used against the play’s ticket price.

The play, Cheese, was performed for three weeks in September 2013 at a venue on Oxford Street. It’s story follows the lives of a successful couple, Joe and Freya, whose lives are thrown into disarray one day when the cheese runs out. It is a political comedy, a humorous adventure through absurdist systems.

Cheese received features from Time Out whose reporter contributed 128 watts of energy to receive £1 off their ticket to the play, and a review by Permaculture who called it an “extraordinary play with a very important message to tell”. fanSHEN ran a dedicated blog, Pedalling Power, to document the project.

Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.